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PS3 vs Mac mini |

PS3Every once-in-a-while someone has a weird idea. Like combining chocolate and peanut butter. (Yuck!) Or inventing a lightbulb. I had that kind of moment the other day. (Yes! Exactly like that!)

It occured to me the other day that the PS3 and Mac mini have lots of things in common. PowerPC processors, small form factors, no keyboard or mouse, etc.

So I put together a table comparing the two. (I know I know. One’s a personal computer, the other’s a game system. But I like to have some fun, okay?)

PS3 Mac Mini
Price ~ $500 (guess) $500
Processor 3.2GHz PPC Cell 1.25GHz PPC G4
Memory 256MB main, 256MB video (shared) 512MB, 32MB video
Graphics nVIDIA RSX ATI Radeon 9200
Hard Disk Optional 40GB
Bluetooth Standard Optional
Wireless 802.11 b/g AirPort Extreme Optional
OS Linux Optional Mac OS X
Modem 56K Modem
Ethernet 3 x 10/100/1000 1 x 10/100
Digital Video Out 2 x HDMI DVI
USB 6 x USB 2 x USB
FireWire/iLink 1 x FireWire
Memory Stick Yes
SD Memory Yes
Compact Flash Yes
Digital Audio Out Optical
Game Controller Yes

Note that the video memory in the PS3 is shared. So it can be used as main memory if necessary. Knowing this, the 256MB vs 512MB of memory disparity doesn’t look so bad. But for what I’m about to propose, a little bit more memory could defnitely help.

It looks like the mini has the advantage when it comes to memory, built-in HDD, Firewire, and the operating system. The PS3 seems to have the advantage everywhere else, if the price remains at $500 or below.

Basically, it looks like the PS3 is a fully capable home computer, similar to a Mac mini in form factory and specs. Hmmm. What could Sony and Apple do with that?

I’m thinking that Sony and Apple should work together to put OS X and Front Row on the PS3. Now I know that a long time ago, there was a rumour that OS X would be available for the PS3, and we all know that it was just wild conjecture. But I think the idea has merit. Apple could sell hard disc drives (HDDs) for the PS3 that come with OS X preinstalled. Then your PS3 becomes a fully functional general purpose computer with media center capabilities. Awesome hardware and awesome software combined for a totally killer package.

Advantages for Apple:

  1. Marketshare. Get OS X into millions more homes.
  2. Money. Additional source of revenue.

Isn’t that enough? Advantages for Sony:

  1. Apple’s slick OS. OS X’s user experience is simply the best. This would be a big draw to get people to buy PS3s.
  2. Front Row Media Experience. New media center software from Apple that looks sharp. Sony wouldn’t need to roll their own, and could rely on Apple.
  3. Internet, e-mail, etc. General purpose software would all be taken care of by Apple.
  4. Higher PS3 sales. Wouldn’t everyone and their dog buy a PS3 if you could run OS X on it? Killer.

Advantages for the consumer: see the above.

So, anybody who thinks this may actually happen, raise your hands. I can’t see any hands over the internet, but for some strange reason, I think the number I see would be the same even if I could. 🙂

  • I’ve always thought Nintendo and Apple would make better partners. Their philosophies mesh alot better. Sony is always about making products of all flash and little substance. Apple and Nintendo both work to make rock solid hardware and software and strive to innovate as much as possible instead of mimicking the competition.

  • Hmm, you may want to change the video memory size on the mac mini. Mine seems to have 32MB.

  • Doh! Fixed. Thanks.

  • Oh and one more piddly fact – the sony ethernet is 10/100/1000.

  • Good thing I don’t write nuclear reactor instruction manuals.

  • agent864

    An OS X kit for PS3…. hmmmm …… $125 for the OS + $100 for bluetooth Mighty Mouse & Keyboard + $100 for 80G drive …. total package value priced at $299 ? iTunes and Airport integration, play or stream tunes from your iTunes library during gameplay. One can dream, though its not going to happen. Perhaps Sony will provide a similar home grown package.

    Sony could benefit from emulating Apple, though. How about a new version of a PSP with a built-in 20G or 40G or 60G hard drive? Or an add-in Hard drive thats not bulky? How about a Sony Connect store that rivals iTMS? How about a better designed consumer web portal? How about dumping DRM crippled CDs? How about downloading media from Sony Connect directly to the PS3? Sony needs its own iTunes app to integrate and manage media across its entire consumer product line. Sony corp still has too many feudal stovepipe warring factions that if they would just cooperate could really become greater than the sum of its parts. Well, enough ranting about Sony, im sure the ps3 is gonna be awesome, just hope its going to be more than I expect.

  • Jean Blignaut

    I would love to see the day OS X runs on the PS3 in fact I would buy one streight away ( I have been some what undecided on the whole console issue)